Advertised Summary Job Description: The School of General Studies of Columbia University, the finest liberal arts college in the United States for returning and nontraditional students, is seeking a talented and motivated professional to be part of the School's team. Reporting to the Associate Dean for Development and Alumni Relations, the Director is responsible for the strategic planning and implementation of all GS alumni activities and events, including GS Reunion Weekend/Dean's Day program, Giving Day, and Homecoming in coordination with OAD, CAA, and other University partners. Ensures that programs and events meet the highest possible standards within given budget requirements.
S/He will work closely with the GS alumni leaders, including the General Studies Alumni Association, and associated committees and the General Studies Student Council, as well as other key volunteers, and staff.
The incumbent is required to exercise independent judgment and function with minimal supervision in a fast-paced environment.
1. The Director will manage the day-to-day administration of GS alumni needs. Develop strategic and innovative opportunities for increased alumni engagement for GS. In partnership with OAD colleagues, ensure alumni relations efforts align with and further the goals of the school.
2. Serve as primary liaison to the General Studies Alumni Association, the Reunion Committee and the General Studies Student Council, as well as other key volunteers, and staff. .
3. Function as project manager for the planning and implementation of the GS Reunion Weekend/Dean's Day program. This includes developing the weekend schedule and implementation plan; managing the venue selection process; securing faculty and alumni speakers; coordinating the weekend's internal and external marketing; creating the Reunion website; drafting class committee communications; participating in the Reunion Committee meetings in partnership with the GS Development partners as well as campus partners; maintaining the budget; and overseeing registration, logistics, staffing and on-site execution.
4. In collaboration with the Director of Communication, develop and implement a communications plan for engaging the alumni community and raising awareness for the range of alumni relations programming and benefits.
5. Under supervision of the Associate Dean, responsible for the development and tracking of budgets and expense summaries. Ensures that programs and events meet the highest possible standards within given budget requirements.
6. Work closely with GS student team to create student and alumni programming, including programming that supports the needs and interests of the GS student body including the student to alumni transition.
7. Coordinate with GS admissions team on all alumni needs for prospective student events locally and regionally, including managing the GS Alumni Ambassadors Program.
8. Supervise data management, transfer and reporting systems to coordinate and track all event attendance details. Maintain and analyze event reports and statistics. Other associated duties and projects as assigned.
9. COMPLETES ADDITIONAL PROJECTS AND PERFORMS OTHER DUTIES AS ASSIGNED OR REQUESTED.
This position requires evening and weekend work and travel as necessary.
General Minimum Qualifications: - Bachelor's degree and a minimum of 5-7 years related experience required. - Four or more years of senior nonprofit management experience. - Budget management skills, including budget preparation, analysis, decision-making and reporting. - Strong organizational abilities including planning, delegating, program development and task facilitation. - Exceptional interpersonal, organizational, and oral and written communication skills required. - Excellent public speaking ability. - Demonstrated ability to prioritize, meet deadlines, and work in a pressured environment essential. - Understanding of working in a complex academic environment highly desirable. - Excellent interpersonal skills, tact, and diplomacy, sensitivity and mature judgment are essential. - Confidentiality and discretion are required. - Must be professional, organized, creative and efficient and able to work successfully as part of a team.
Additional Specific Minimum Qualifications:
As a member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and the Council of Ivy Group Presidents (Ivy League), it is imperative that members of the Columbia University community, in all matters related to the intercollegiate athletics program, exhibit the highest professional standards and ethical behavior with regard to adherence to NCAA, Conference, University, and Department of Intercollegiate Athletics and Physical Education rules and regulations.
Columbia University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.
Columbia University is one of the world's most important centers of research and at the same time a distinctive and distinguished learning environment for undergraduates and graduate students in many scholarly and professional fields. The University recognizes the importance of its location in New York City and seeks to link its research and teaching to the vast resources of a great metropolis. It... seeks to attract a diverse and international faculty and student body, to support research and teaching on global issues, and to create academic relationships with many countries and regions. It expects all areas of the university to advance knowledge and learning at the highest level and to convey the products of its efforts to the world.